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Caine Prize Shortlistee, Efemia Chela, Speaks on Writivism and Mentorship | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

Efemia Chela was one of the participants in the Writivism Mentorship Programme and attended the Writivism workshop in Cape Town this year. She was one of the shortlisted writers for the 2014 Caine Prize with her story Chicken, first published in Short Story Day Africa in Feast, Famine and Potluck. She spoke to Caleb Adebayo […]

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Tosin Kolawole is Inspired By Anything and Everything | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

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Samuel Kolawole is a 2014 fiction fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, USA. He has contributed short fiction to various journals and anthologies.His collection of short stories, The Book of M was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. He is the founder and Director of Writers’ Studio, Nigeria’s flagship creative writing school, which is […]

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Meet Ngasa Wise, the Writer-Activist-Social-Entrepreneur! | Interviewed by Sydney Mugerwa

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As an activist and social entrepreneur, Wise Ngasa Nzikie writes against exploitation. He writes to provoke, to annoy, to insult, to change. His story Devils was shortlisted  for the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and won third place, as the most voted for by readers, announced during the 2014 Writivism Festival held in Kampala. He […]

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Ellen Banda on Writing Children’s Fiction | Interviewed by Caleb Adebayo

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Ellen Banda-Aaku is a published and award-winning writer of books for children and short stories. Her first book for children, Wandi’s Little Voice won the 2004 Macmillan Writers’ Prize for Africa. Beyond being a writer for children, she also writes adult fiction. Patchwork, one of her published works and an award-winning novel is a work […]

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N. Bulawayo on Literary Success, Giving Back, and Writivism | Interviewed by Rebecca Rwakabukoza

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her debut novel We Need New Names was released in 2013 and was included in the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.  This made her the first black African woman and the first Zimbabwean to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It also […]

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A Dramatist’s Passion for the Art | Interview with Segun Adefila of Crown Troupe

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We didn’t know where we were headed back then. The only thing we were certain of was our passion for the arts — Segun Adefila Writing, the beautiful the about writing, is the creativity and imagination that comes with it. Imagining a character’s voice, hair style, clothing, what he/she might do in certain situations. It […]

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Space-traveling Nigerians | Interview with Deji Olukotun

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 Deji Olukotun’s novel, Nigerians in Space, is one of the most entertaining novel about Africa to come out this year. It’s a quirky, multi-city, fast-paced noir fiction piece about a Nigerian lunar geologist who dreams of leading a Nigerian space mission. But as with all things Nigerian, things get a little more complicated than he […]

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Leila Aboulela Takes Us Back 14 Years to the First Caine Prize | Exclusive Interview

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We are so pleased to bring you this Q&A with the brilliant and gorgeous Leila Aboulela. 14 years ago, the Sudanese author made history when she won the inaugural edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing.  She’s gone on to publish a short story collection titled Colored Lights (2001), in addition to two critically […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

Chimamanda Adichie Covers The New York Times Style Magazine’s The Greats Issue, Alongside Nicki Minaj and Amy Adams

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the seven artists on seven covers of The New York Times Style Magazine T’s “The […]

Event: Aminatta Forna in Conversation at Oxford University

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Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with Elleke Boehmerat, Oxford Professor of World Literature in English, for an event at […]

Meet Omi, the First Yoruba Character in the Star Wars Anthology Series

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Nnedi Okorafor is known for building fictional worlds from elements drawn from African culture and narratives. Her recent contribution to […]

A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who […]

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